The Eiffel Tower was erected for the 1889 International Exhibition and remained despite the conflicting views of the French.
It has now become the symbol of the city and one of its main (if not the first!) Attraction.
Its total height is 324 meters, weighs 10 thousand tons and its construction was completed in about 2 years.
It consists of 3 floors: On first floor there is a large terrace overlooking the entire city.
There is an exhibition showing the history of the tower, a restaurant, a souvenir shop and an event hall. There is a small post office from where you can send a postcard to Greece with a stamp from the Eiffel Tower.
In the second floor the view becomes even more impressive as everything looks smaller.
From there, the glass elevators take guests to the last level with a balcony.
From 276 meters high the view is truly unique.
On the third floor is the office of Gustave Eiffel, which has been renovated according to how it actually was. Wax figures show him and his daughter welcoming American inventor Thomas Edison, who gave him a gramophone as a gift.
Also at the top is the champagne bar, from noon until 10 pm. A glass of champagne costs 12-21 euros.
How to climb
The best way of course is to wait in line at one of the 3 elevator entrances. Alternatively, you can climb the 704 steps to the second level! Keep in mind that you will have to wait a long time in line to get a ticket.
How are you going?
By Bir-Hakeim metro station on line 6 and Trocadéro stop on line 9.
By suburban, stop Champs de Mars – Tour Eiffel.
With buses 42, 82 at the Tour Eiffel stop and with buses 87 and 69 at the Champ de Mars stop.
€ 17.00, up to the third floor with elevator for adults, € 14.50 from 12-24 years old and € 18 from 4-11 years old.
From June 15 to September 1, open from 9 am to midnight. The rest of the time they are open from 9:30 in the morning until 11 in the evening.
The Eiffel Tower is impressive both day and night. You can go up in the afternoon and stay there for the sunset, so that going down you can see the Tower illuminated.
The Eiffel Tower is lit separately if there is a celebration, while on New Year’s Eve it is flooded with sparklers.
* Check if you are waiting in the right queue, ie at one of the three elevator entrances.
* You can book a combined ticket:
to escape the long queue of people waiting for tickets. You will wait again but less!
* Do not have with you valuables and a lot of money, for obvious reasons !!
* From the second to the third floor you will have to wait a while to go up and down the elevator.
* Have a cardigan or a scarf with you because it is cold when going up.
* Waiting to climb the tower, you will be “bothered” by various street vendors. Just say “no” and they will leave! If you want to buy something, haggle the price!
* The Eiffel Tower can be seen from most parts of Paris and even gives the impression that it is very close. Do not get carried away and walk unjustly, take the subway to get really close to you!